Steve Harvey will reportedly return as the host for Miss Universe 2016, despite his controversial flub at this year’s pageant.
Harvey declared the wrong winner of the Miss Universe 2015. Though he corrected the mistake after a few minutes, the incident became a major embarrassment for the pageant organisers and also for the host.
In an interview on “The Jim Rome Show”, Mark Shapiro, Chief Content Officer at WME | IMG, which acquired Miss Universe Organisation earlier this year, said that he wanted Harvey to return to the beauty pageant next year as a host.
Shapiro said the 58-year-old comedian was “very remorseful” about the goof-up and that was “absolutely” welcome back to host the event again.
The Chief Content Office said that Harvey “did a great job. He was funny, he was informative, he’s high energy, he’s got a great following.”
“I definitely want him back, and I would hate to see him not come back. He’s going to want a shot to redeem himself,” Shapiro added.
It was also reported that Harvey had received an invitation to return as the host of the 2016 Miss Universe pageant.
In a separate interview, one of the 2015 Miss Universe pageant judges, Perez Hilton, said that the idea of Harvey returning to the show was really good for ratings. “I think Steve Harvey should definitely come back,” Perez said. “It would be great for ratings.”